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1/20/2017

A California school district ended a personalized-learning math pilot just months after it launched because of technical issues and numerous complaints from parents. This article outlines lessons learned from the failed experiment, including the need for better communication with parents and testing the program with a smaller sample of students.

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1/20/2017

NASA engineer Margaret Dominguez shared photos of herself singing and acting as a teen during a Career Week presentation to fifth-graders in Pennsylvania. Dominguez credits those extracurricular activities for teaching her how to communicate and work in a team environment, two skills she employs regularly in her role at NASA.

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1/19/2017

K-12 schools are a prime target for hackers and ransomware, but they don't have to be, experts say. These experts share three steps that districts can take to stay ahead of ransomware.

1/18/2017

A rural elementary school in Iowa has integrated virtual reality into the Next Generation Science Standards curriculum. Students are using VR devices to learn about the solar system and water quality, with future lessons focusing on Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico and software company Oracle in California.

1/17/2017

About 10.4 million more students meet the Federal Communications Commission's per-student internet access goal, compared with 2015, according to EducationSuperHighway's 2016 State of the States report. Overall, data show 34.9 million students meet the benchmark.

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1/17/2017

Data can be a powerful tool but knowing what to do with all the collected information can be daunting, Superintendent James McCoy writes in this blog post. He shares four ways schools can get started, including using data to organize districtwide schedules.

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1/17/2017

Outsourcing services can save money for colleges and universities, but some leaders worry that companies may not honor their school's mission or work, writes Cherron Hoppes of Helix Education. In this commentary she addresses the debate around outsourcing and shows how some institutions are making it work.

1/16/2017

Betsy DeVos, nominee for secretary of education, has advocated for education technology, particularly its ability to personalize learning and open opportunities for students. This analysis considers DeVos' stance on issues and the effect she could have on edtech policy and initiatives.

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1/16/2017

A state lawmaker in Texas has introduced legislation that would allow school districts to spend funding earmarked for instructional materials on other needs, including counseling staff. Officials say the plan would give districts flexibility to apply the money where it's needed most.

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1/16/2017

Students at an Oregon school continued to learn -- and be graded on their work -- when winter weather closed the building. Educators held "digital learning days," and students interacted with teachers in an online forum and via email.

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